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Monday, August 6, 2018

Sacramento Bee


By Bryan Anderson

SUBSIDIZED JOURNALISM?

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is floating an idea he says will support local journalism — next year.

He wants to provide newspapers with tariff relief and protect journalists by instituting freezes on newsroom layoffs before the sale or purchase of a news outlet. He said taxpayers would have little or no financial burden to pay for the plan. He noted that the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian paper has forced newsprint costs to rise as much as 30 percent.

Beyond that, Levine was short on specifics, explaining that he wants to meet with media companies and industry groups over the next few months before formally introducing a bill next year.

“You don’t always get all the stories you want, right?” Levine said of the relationship between the government and the media. “But it’s nonetheless a necessary part of a democratic society, and we are all so much better for it. Our democracy thrives on the free press.”

Friday, August 3, 2018

Jewish Journal


By Ryan Torok

A bipartisan delegation of California state legislators visited Israel the week of July 24 to explore bilateral collaboration opportunities. 

The group, chaired by Assemblyman Marc Levine, participated in dialogues and briefings organized by the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange. 

“I hope to share the connection the Jewish people have with Israel, the innovation and entrepreneurship Israelis bring to the world, including water conservation and technology, and the collaborative partnership Israel and California share,” Levine, a Democratic leader in Marin County and chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, said in a statement before the meetings.

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

CALmatters


By Dan Morain

​​​​​Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Marin County Democrat, today will propose several steps intended to help struggling newspapers.

Among his suggestions: an exemption of sales taxes on newspaper sales; a tax break to counter tariffs imposed by President Trump on Canadian newsprint; and labor rules that would provide some protection for reporters from layoffs in ownership changes.

Levine: “Trump calls journalists the enemy and his trade policies actively undermine local news by artificially inflating newsprint costs. We need to take the side of our constitutionally protected free press.”

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Vallejo Times Herald


A North Bay legislator says he expects to introduce legislation next year to protect local journalism.

California Assemblymember Marc Levine, D–Marin County, announced this week he intends to author a bill exempting newspapers from sales tax — in an attempt to counteract damaging tariffs.

The legislation would also aim to protect workers when newspapers change owners, his office said.

“President Trump calls journalists the enemy and his trade policies actively undermine local news by artificially inflating newsprint costs,” said Levine in a press release from his office. “We need to take the side of our constitutionally protected free press. We can reduce the tax burden, provide incentives and design labor protections to counter profiteering by hedge funds. A commitment to a free press is necessary for a functioning democracy.”

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Winters Express


Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced that a bill he sponsored to strengthen consumer protections for wildfire survivors has been signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1799, authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), requires insurers to provide one free, full set of policy documents, including any endorsements, and the policy declarations page within 30 calendar days of a covered loss, upon request of a policyholder.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Courthouse News Service


By Nick Cahill

Pushing back on the Trump administration’s trade war, a California Democrat wants to boost newspapers struggling with exploding production costs in wake of U.S. tariffs on Canadian paper companies.

Marin County Assemblyman Marc Levine said Thursday he’s preparing legislation that would exempt newspapers from state sales taxes in hopes of countering the federal government’s paper tariff. Levine chided the tariff – and President Donald Trump, for painting journalists as enemies of the public.

“We can reduce the tax burden, provide incentives and design labor protections to counter profiteering by hedge funds,” Levine said in a statement. “A commitment to a free press is necessary for a functioning democracy.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Pacific Sun


By Tom Gogola

A just-signed bill authored by California state Assemblyman Marc Levine has given the state another bulwark against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policies and expands the state’s social safety net for undocumented immigrant youth.

AB 2642 makes it easier for out-of-state nonprofit organizations to care for undocumented youth in California, potentially keeping them out of detention centers, “and helping them obtain special immigrant juvenile status,” says a Levine statement, “that allows them to remain in the country legally.”